This is my attempt to put together what I consider the “essentials” if you’re new to Ubuntu and/or don’t have time to scout around for all those things everyone is talking about but you haven’t got the faintest clue (like what the hell is “glxgears” and why is it *not* a benchmark and why you should still check those results!)
Quick and dirty:
EasyUbuntu 2.3 (for “breezy” a.k.a. 5.10):
Easy Ubuntu allow you to:
* Add extra repositories for installing a lot of additional software.
* Install multimedia codecs for reading all videos, musics and DVDs.
* Activate the “audio preview” feature in Nautilus.
* Install the most needed Firefox plugins: Flash, Java, Real, videos. Adds Microsoft fonts, GNOME’s Firefox buttons, officials Firefox icons.
* Install archiving support for RAR and ACE.
* Install the most used peer-to-peer softwares: aMule (a clone of eMule) and Azureus (for Bittorent).
* Install the Skype voice-over-IP software. (Warning: at this time Skype is not packaged for Breezy so install don’t work)
* MSN: Install AMSN cvs with webcam support.
* Num lock: Active the num lock at system startup.
* Replace the GNOME foot logo with Ubuntu’s logo.
* Install the NVIDIA or ATI driver for 3D support.
Ubuntu forums thread:
Linux support forum: http://nwn.bioware.com/forums/viewforum.html?forum=72
Follow instructions on how to make it run under linux.
nwnmouse (enables hardware mouse acceleration under linux)
if you happen to have an ATI card and you find your memory usage going up and up and up to the point where your game starts getting very slow and/or nwn simply exits, you probably have a memory leak problem. Read this:
There’s an entire thread on ubuntuforums.com about glxgears ‘scores’ (http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=39349)
On average, my ATI Radeon 9000 gets 2000 FPS with glx gears.
skyhorse@skybuntu:~$ glxgears -iacknowledgethatthistoolisnotabenchmark
10291 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2058.139 FPS
10262 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2052.398 FPS
10260 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2051.876 FPS
10220 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2043.961 FPS